The Business Opportunity Academy (BOA) is a fast-track program that aims to increase the contracting capacity of traditionally underserved business communities including Small, Minority, Women, Veteran, Disabled Individual Business Enterprises, Disadvantaged, and Historically Underutilized Businesses. This month-long accelerator helps small business owners understand how to best compete for local, state, and federal government contracts in their respective industry.
BOA provides 16 hours of business education and support through hands-on workshops, seminars, and networking functions. Training sessions are usually held Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at LaunchSA in the San Antonio Central Public Library. Supplier diversity coordinators and procurement specialists from partner agencies provide “How to Do Business With” workshops at each training session. Training seminars, provided as panel discussions, focus on topics such as: Business Certifications; Business Capture and Proposal Management; Marketing; Legal and Teaming Concerns; Insurance and Bonding; Financial Planning; and Workforce Resources.
Applications for the 2018 Business Opportunity Academy are now open. Apply Here!
Up to 40 small business owners will be selected to participate in four weeks of seminars, workshops, and presentations that fast track their businesses to government, local, and private sector contracting. This program is made possible by the support of 13 local agencies and over 80 volunteers, in partnership with the LiftFund Women’s Business Center. Those partner agencies and their top procurement professionals include Bexar County, Alamo Colleges, CPS Energy, Edwards Aquifer Authority, City of San Antonio, Port San Antonio, San Antonio Housing Authority, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Water Systems, University Health System, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, University of Texas at San Antonio, and VIA Transportation.
Since 2013, a total of 129 participants have attended the capacity building program. Past BOA alumni now boast many successes in contracting and business growth in San Antonio, throughout the State of Texas, and across our nation.